This is the story of the Quietude Prefab Cabin. It’s the story of Denise Franklin and her healing place. After going through a major illness and doctors telling her she only had six months left to live… It’s been more than twenty years, she had left her house, and husband, and was now in search of her sacred space.
With a budget of only $28,000, she thought it might sound impossible, but she knew that anything is possible if you believe in it enough, so she didn’t give up and eventually made it happen thanks to the help of the wonderful and amazing Henry Yorke Mann (architect). Denise ended up with her dream tiny home… 280-square-feet of peaceful bliss. Please enjoy…🙏
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The Cabin that Gives You Peace… The Quietude🙏
Denise Franklin needed a healing place. She’d been through a major illness (more than 20 years earlier doctors had told her she had six months to live) and had walked away from a house and husband. She yearned for “a place to pray, meditate, prepare my food and entertain my friends, and a warm place to lay my head at night.”
Denise had $28,000 to spend. She knew it might be an impossible dream. But she also believed in magic.
She decided instead of having a bed taking up space downstairs to create this upstairs sleeping loft so she can have a dining area where the bed otherwise would have been. Looks very cozy up there and plenty of space too.
You can see the kitchen set up below along with all of the vertical storage space and shelves.
The footprint is only about 18-feet by 26-feet which gives you the loft space, full kitchen, living room, bathroom, washer/dryer space, storage, and there are plenty of ways you can rework the design for yourself depending on your preferences. The Quietude was designed for a specific client and then it was prefabricated before being delivered to the site and being installed with bolts and metal plates. It was assembled in just three days but it actually took 3 months to design and build it before the delivery. That’s really fast though, isn’t it?
Finding a design shaman
In 1999, Denise secured a long-term lease on a half-acre plot in the Okanagan mountains near Oliver, British Columbia. Set atop a wooded knob, her land was perfect for growing herbs and vegetables and offered kaleidoscopic views of the Okanagan and Similkameen mountain ranges. All she needed was a design wizard to make her mountain cottage a reality. “When building a dwelling of any size, it’s wise to seek out a professional in the field, a good architect who will listen to your needs, wants and, at times, your impossible dreams,” Denise says. “This is particularly true when you go to him with a total sum of $28,000 in savings, a disability pension and no other means of financial aid.”
Architect Henry Yorke Mann is something of a wizard. The grandson of a master builder, Mann has been designing and building houses in British Columbia since 1962. His homes are built to enhance the human soul; he deems any house that doesn’t a failure. Mann describes the architect, at his best, as a shaman producing sacred works. “Even with an extreme budget, it’s possible to build an environmentally sound home that enhances the joy, life and soul of humans,” he says.
For Denise, he did just that.
Henry Yorke Mann (August 15, 1930, to April 2, 2015).
May he rest in peace and continue to inspire the world with his designs. May his legacy live on to inspire the future of great architects and designers.
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- http://www.tinyhousedesign.com/2010/04/17/quietude/, http://www.motherearthliving.com/green-homes/in-quietude-a-simple-healing-mountain-cottage.aspx, http://www.henryyorkemann.com/project/quietude